The White Plains High School Choral program focuses on techniques of vocal production, diction, breathing, ensemble singing, musical literacy, and performance practice through a varied repertoire of music. The repertoire includes pieces from Western art music, music of American idioms (including musical theater, spirituals, gospel, folk and popular music), folk music of different cultures and music from living composers. Listening experiences reflecting historical and cultural influences will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to sing solos and join small performing groups. Participation in scheduled performances is required.
The Mixed Chorus is open to all students at White Plains High School and serves as the 'training chorus' at the high school. It is a regularily-scheduled daily class. Sight-singing and vocal performance skills are emphasized over repertoire. The Mixed Chorus performs in two concerts per year.
The White Plains High School Choir is the advanced the vocal ensemble at the school. It is a regularily-scheduled daily class. The difficulty-level of its repertoire is much higher. The Choir performs in three concerts per year as well as a number of out-of-school performances. Members of the choir are admitted by audition only, and students must have had (or be currently enrolled in) a year of a high school ensemble (vocal or instrumental) in order to be allowed to audition.
Men's and Women's Ensemble
These ensembles are open to every member of WPHS. They meet during lunch on Wednesday in Room D-108. In order to perform with the groups on their two concerts, students must attend at least 75% percent of the rehearsals for each concert.